Do You Know the Drug of Choice Among Teens Today?

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Each year, month, and even week, a new drug is on the streets or should I say in the hands of teens.  With the passing of laws to allow marijuana in the states, it has only fueled other drugs to become more prevalent among our teens.

With interest, I googled the current drug trends among our teens and realized that I had been out of the loop in educating myself and I’m sure other parents too.

The Partnership For Drug-Free Kids –  Drug Trends of Today Among Teens , educates you about these new drugs and how to be ahead of the game in combatting them.  Our worst fears years ago – marijuana.  Although today it is considered a mild form of drug use compared to the hard core drugs such as cocaine, meth or the high rise of opioid use today, it is a drug nonetheless and dangerous (even moreso when laced, used with alcohol, and mixed with other drugs).  Since the passage of the usage of marijuana, there have been record numbers of overdoses among hospitals.

Are you really prepared as a parent to know what to look for when it comes to drugs and your teen?  If you already have a child in crisis with an addiction, it is even more imperative to be connected with a support group, counselor or rehab.  They can teach you what to look for and how to battle it. Christian Rehabs

There are also great resources and tools that can be found on the internet, through friends, support groups, counselors, and even the Church.  TEEN CHALLENGE continues to have a high rate of successful stories within their program for many teens to young adults.

To look at things with our own eyes instead of God’s, it is easy to feel defeated with this battle against drugs.  All we see and know are the vast army of drug lords, addicts, and drug pimps who look to steal, kill, and destroy.  John 10:10 – The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.  Our God is strong and mighty and He will do all of the fighting for us.  It is HIS battle.  We just need to be steadfast on our part by being educated, not enabling, showing tough love, and spending time on our knees in prayer.

This is what the LORD says to you:

“Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army.

For the battle is not yours, but God’s.”

2 Chronicles 20:15

 

 

 

Photography Credit goes to Jens Johnsson from Unsplash

Saving Boo

 

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Looking at the clock, she had at least another two hours before picking up Boo. Lovingly nicknamed Boo from the Monster’s Inc. movie, her daughter was sure a handful.

Almost an adult now, she allowed Boo to make more responsible decisions. She tried hard to teach Boo what she needed to know before she was really on her own out in the big bad world. She covered all the tough topics and even had a few crises here or there with Boo, but as time wore on, she felt Boo was making more wise choices about her life.

Looking down at the computer to finish her letter, the phone started to ring. She noticed it was Boo calling in. Most likely she wanted something or wanted to be picked up early from her friend’s house. Little did she know, it wouldn’t be her daughter on the other end of the line.

“Boo is sick and wants you to pick her up,” said her friend.
“Okay, I’ll be right there,” she said.

Not thrilled about the 25 minute drive, she got into the car and drove to the friend’s house. Tired and ready to get home after pulling into the driveway, the friend came out of the house and walked up to the car.

“You need to come inside,” she said.

Not knowing what to think, Boo’s mother went into the house where she saw the friend’s parent at the doorway. This parent was only informed that Boo was not feeling well. Encouraged to go up the steps to the friend’s bedroom, she turned the corner and immediately knew that Boo’s life was at risk. Continue reading

Good Teens Turned Drug Addicts

It can happen in any home, to your son or daughter. This is a great testimony of one young girl’s life stolen by drugs and given life again to help others. If you have a teen who is a drug addict, there is help, there is hope!

Youth Of A Nation:Bent not Broke

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The ugly side of prescription painkillers—and how you could get hooked.

By Elizabeth Foy Larsen

The afternoon of her grandmother’s funeral, Brittany, 19, sat on the bed in what used to be her grandmother’s room, relieved to have finally snuck off after spending all day with her grieving family. In her trembling hands, she held a beaded plastic purse. Brittany knew it belonged to her younger cousin, but still she nervously reached inside, pulling out a $5 bill with her clammy fingers.

Brittany had been furiously rifling through her family’s bags and coat pockets for 30 minutes already, careful to be quiet as her family mourned—somber and teary-eyed—on the other side of the door. She was searching for cash or anything she could steal to sell so she could get high. All the while, her head was aching, and her mouth was dry.
Brittany was desperate. Yet, as desperate as…

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Shelley’s Story – One That You Won’t Forget

I recently posted the story of the teen daughter who wrote a letter to her father about his choices of viewing porn and how it affected her and destroyed their family.  That post received a lot of views.  So that in essence speaks volumes that porn is a serious issue in today’s family.  As a parent of a teen, I would encourage you to view this video with your teenagers so that they can understand the destructive  impact that porn causes.  I guarantee, it will leave a powerful impression. 

If you want to know more about how to help someone that is into porn or is in the porn industry, please click this link.  The Pink Cross Organization

It Was Toxic From The Start

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He was looking for someone to love and validate his feelings. She was looking for someone to just love her. That first conversation did them in. Everything that was said and not said between them made sense. They couldn’t live without each other. It was as if it were fate that brought them together. Or was it?

You hear it on the news, another couple of teenage lover runaways. All they wanted was to live their life and make themselves complete. They talked of marriage, family, careers, their strict parents, their friends that didn’t understand, and a society against them…. all because they loved each other.

As a parent, it can seem overwhelmingly disconcerting when your teenager confesses to a love so strong that they can’t see themselves happy without the other person or make decisions without them. Their rationalization to continue living for each other outweighs the seriousness of their relationship when it is tied up with addictive behavior that any normal person can see.

The constant texting, the long phone conversations and the neediness of each other without boundaries is something every parent should be concerned about. We are not talking about puppy love anymore. This is a Romeo and Juliet love that will lead to disaster. Continue reading